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Why are prenatal vitamins important?

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Dr. Carolyn Thompson answered

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Folic acid (folate) is an important component of prenatal vitamins. It has been shown to decrease the risk of neural tube defects in women who get at least 1mg daily. These are birth defects that include types of spina bifida. The neural tube (which forms the brain and spinal cord) is formed by the 28th day of pregnancy, before many know they are pregnant.

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias answered

Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

The most important ingredient in prenatal vitamin formulations is folic acid, a b-complex agent that has been shown to prevent birth defects (mainlyopen neural tube defects, heart anomalies and preterm birth) and calcium.Vitamin d to assure proper fetal bone growth and avoid maternal bone loss. All reproductive-age women should be taking at least 1 mg folate daily even if they don't plan pregnancy.

Answered Apr 27, 2013

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